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Meet Marla, Laboratory Administrative Director

Meet Marla, Laboratory Administrative Director at Renown Health. After several years of rural medicine, Marla was eager to get back to a facility with state-of-the-art technology and advanced care teams. And we were eager to have her join the Renown team. Her presence in the lab couldn’t have come at a more necessary time.

The pandemic has brought many changes and challenges to hospitals and healthcare systems everywhere. Within the lab at Renown, it’s caused a shift in the team’s focus. Marla said: “Our molecular laboratory scientists rapidly adopted new methods to respond to the pandemic and safeguard our community. These are cutting-edge technologies that require new skills and equipment for high complexity tests. Our scientists quickly became the regional leader in accuracy and turnaround time for COVID19 results. It is an honor to work with this dedicated team.”

Though much of the team’s focus and energy has been spent responding to COVID-19, the team’s commitment has remained unchanged. We fight the good fight every day. To Marla, that means, “The laboratory staff at Renown are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. I have never seen a group of dedicated individuals work harder or with more determination. The challenges of this past year have made our staff stronger.”

This past year, as it was for so many in healthcare, has been extremely trying. But that hasn’t changed the outlook in the lab. Marla calls the team, “Tired but hopeful!” She went on to share: “The pandemic has been hard on the team. But there is a major remodeling project underway that will help us provide better care, we are recruiting terrific new staff members to be on our team, and we are convinced that Renown is the best place to work in northern Nevada. It’s a great time to be part of this amazing team.”

That amazing team is made stronger by its diverse makeup. Marla said, “Our team comes from many countries, many backgrounds, and many educational opportunities. We deliberately bring it all together, to lift each other up and make us stronger.”

It’s that diversity of backgrounds that provides a diversity of perspectives, understanding, and opportunities to learn from each other. That environment, coupled with the hope of what’s to come, makes it an exciting time to be a part of the Renown lab team. Join us and fight the good fight.

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Opportunities for Renown Health Physicians

At Renown Health, we employ over 300 healthcare providers dedicated to improving health and wellness in the communities we serve. Today we are actively expanding our reach, developing exciting new programs in order to ensure our patients have access to expert care, both inside and outside the walls of our hospital.

Our philosophy is to strive for total health, caring for the mind, body, and spirit, and we are recruiting providers across all disciplines to meet a broad spectrum of patient needs. As an award-winning organization, we are focused on patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery.

When you join Renown Health, you will have every opportunity to practice medicine in a discipline you love and advance your career. As the largest health system in northern Nevada, Renown Health is able to match your talents and aspirations with the broad range of opportunities we have available. After recently completing a community needs assessment, we are expanding our team by recruiting physicians and providers across many disciplines:
Hospitalists
Intensivists
Pediatric specialists
Primary care and internal medicine doctors
Physician assistants

Whether you’re looking to grow your leadership skills, participate in research, or even train the next generation of physicians, Renown Health has programs and partnerships to help providers grow.

Additionally, we believe that nothing beats living in northern Nevada, which holds incredible and diverse landscapes – with sunshine, snow, mountains, desert, rivers, and lakes. It’s no wonder why Reno has been voted one of “25 of America’s Best Towns Ever” (Outside Magazine), a “Top 100 Places to Live” (livability.com), and one of “10 Best Ski Towns” (USA Today).

If you want to be a part of a top health system, join a diverse and expanding team of providers, and find support for every step of your career, we invite you to join us.

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Professional Development Opportunities for Nurses

Every day, Renown Health nurses demonstrate a commitment to their patients and communities. They plan and implement care and make critical decisions, all while offering compassion and empathy to our patients. Recognizing that nurses are one of our greatest assets, we understand the importance of investing in their careers.

At Renown, nurses truly have a voice in patient care and the practice of medicine. Renown’s interdisciplinary, shared governance model empowers nurses to advocate for their patients and their unit. Our Chief Nursing Officers are accessible to our frontline staff and provide the support and resources to bring their ideas to fruition.

Renown Health has several programs that help nurses pursue their professional interests and gain the most value from their career. Our Professional Advancement for Clinical Excellence (PACE) Program pays a bonus to registered nurses in acute and transitional care positions who enhance their skills through education, specialty certifications, projects and mentoring. Participants are also incentivized to pursue leadership opportunities, whether serving as a unit-based Quality Champion or joining their unit’s shared governance committee. We know that PACE participants will share their knowledge and experiences with their peers, helping to strengthen our team.

Renown Health also provides financial support to employees who are working to further their education and pursue professional certifications. We are proud to stand in the 8% of organizations who offer student loan repayment to employees.

Our support also extends to nurses who are just beginning their careers. Our Nurse Residency Program allows second-year nursing students to shadow nurses across multiple departments and care settings, helping them determine which area of medicine best matches with their skills and interests. Our Graduate Nurse Residency program – the largest program of its kind in Nevada – allows recent graduates to apply for further training in Maternal-Child, Medical-Surgical or Telemetry. The program also offers peer support and mentorship, helping new nurses navigate the stress and challenges during their first year on the job.

Whether you are new or established in your career, Renown Health is here to support your professional goals.

To learn more about these programs and open nursing positions, please visit https://careers.renown.org/nursing.

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Welcome To Our New Chief Nursing Officer!

We are excited to welcome our new Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Debra Adornetto-Gardia! Debra is a dynamic, collaborative, innovative senior executive with academic, community, ambulatory and acute hospital experience. Dr. Adornetto-Garcia has been an influential change agent in leading teams to create innovative delivery models and elevate nursing practice through shared accountability. Debra comes to us from CHRISTUS Health in Corpus Christi, TX where she has served as their CNO. She has also held senior nursing roles with Banner Health & Banner MD Anderson in Arizona, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She began her career as an oncology nurse with experience in radiation, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation.

Debra has a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a Master of Adult Health Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist/Oncology specialty) and a BSN from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Adornetto-Garcia has served on the faculty of Grand Canyon University. Debra’s work includes building Patient Care Team Models, Patient Safety and assisting organizations on their journey to Magnet accreditation.

In her role with Renown, Debra will lead hospital nursing and design excellent care and services for patients and families.

Our former Chief Nursing Officer for Acute Hospital Services, Dr. Jennifer Richards, retired last month from Renown after 21 years of nursing service.

Debra has an extraordinary background and much to contribute as we continue to elevate our nursing practice to the highest levels. Debra will also assist in our transformation to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Please welcome Debra to Renown and to Reno!

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Community Recognizes 2020 Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement

Every year, the Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement Committee recognizes registered nurses (RNs) from across the community to celebrate their accomplishments and further the nursing profession. The committee just announced the 2020 award winners, including seven high-performing nurses from Renown Health.

Nurses are at the forefront of the care teams working through the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 has been fittingly declared the “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization. Celebrating our nurses is more important this year than ever, and Renown is proud to be home to seven of the 2020 Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement winners in the following categories:

Clinical Leadership: Jenny Garcia, RN, BSN, supervisor of nursing in the orthopedics unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Critical Care: Olivia Cartwright, RN, BSN, bedside nurse in the intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Lifetime Achievement: Cheryl Jameson, RN, bedside nurse in the general surgical unit at Renown South Meadows Medical Center;
Office & Outpatient: Kathleen Neilan, RN, BCN, OCN, cancer nurse navigator at Renown Institute for Cancer;
Oncology and Infusion Services: Paola Espinoza, RN, BSN, supervisor of nursing in the cancer nursing unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Rookie of the Year: Tamara Slater, RN, BSN, bedside nurse in the general surgical unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Renown Facility Winner: Chelsea Zielinski, RN, MSN, clinical nurse educator in the neonatal intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center.

From a pool of over 400 publicly-nominated nurses who provide care across northern Nevada’s care facilities and hospitals, the Committee announced a total of 14 award winners during a virtual awards celebration on Friday, Aug. 28.

Anthony D. Slonim, RN, MD, DrPH, FACHE; President and CEO of Renown, who worked as a registered nurse in an Emergency Department earlier in his career says, “We appreciate the work that every nurse does every day, not only for the patient in the hospital, but in all of the other settings where people come to learn how to live healthier lives. Nurses have direct influence on the outcomes of every patient, and I congratulate all 14 nurses for their exceptional achievements.” He adds, “The real winners are those patients, families, colleagues and community members who are cared for by these exceptional nursing professionals.”

“We’re proud to celebrate our community’s nurses and all they do to care for patients and their loved ones,” said Jana Elliott, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Acute Care Services. “Nursing is a true calling to serve others and there are so many incredible ways nurses go beyond their duty to provide the best care despite the intense nature of the pandemic.”

“Nurses are at the core of our care teams; they provide compassionate care and advocate for patients and their loved ones in a time of need,” said Melodie Osborn, Chief Nursing Officer, Health Services. “The Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement awards are a longstanding way of honoring our community’s most compassionate nurses.”

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A career built on love.

We all choose our careers for different reasons. A natural talent, a unique interest, or a passion we can’t deny. Joe, a clinical respiratory therapist at Renown Health, came to his calling in a very personal way -– choosing to enter the field after his son passed away from respiratory issues.

He started his career here as a respiratory aide while he was still in school. “I had the chance to work in multiple departments,” Joe tells us. “After school, I went through the Respiratory Apprentice Program which helped me grow my career at Renown.” Today, he is a clinical respiratory therapist at Renown Children’s Hospital, where he passionately helps other kids and families fight the good fight.

Outside of work Joe enjoys an active lifestyle. “I live in north Reno on 50 acres and enjoy working on my property,” he says. “I also like to hunt, fish and camp. In addition, I volunteer for Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and have been a member of the board there.”

If you’re looking for a place where you can love your work — and life — as a respiratory therapist, come fight the good fight with us. Apply online now at: https://careers.renown.org/job-search-results/?keyword=respiratory

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Amazing since day one.

Nafisha had always wanted to be a nurse, and she found her opportunity here at Renown Health. She started as a Certified Nursing Assistant Apprentice, which taught her the basics of patient care.

“I was so fortunate to be part of the CNA Apprentice Program. My experience confirmed and validated my love for nursing,” says Nafisha. “I heard about the Nurse Apprenticeship while I was still in the CNA program.”

“Renown has been amazing to me in every way since day one,” she continues. “First, they helped me obtain my CNA license and then with tuition reimbursement so I could attend nursing school. I am at this point in my life because of the guidance and support I received.”

During Nafisha’s Nurse Apprenticeship, she worked in labor and delivery, which was the specialty she wanted to pursue. “It allowed me to be hands on and observe the flow of the unit,” she explains. “My supervisors and managers were so helpful too. They worked with my schedule so I could attend school at the same time.”

As part of the Renown nursing team, Nafisha has also learned what it means to fight the good fight. “It’s about doing the right thing, and providing the best care for our patients and their family members. After all, I’m a mom myself, with two little boys.”

If you would like to explore opportunities for a nursing career, visit the Nevada Apprenticeship Project page at http://www.nvapprenticeship.org/students/#cna

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Respect, recognition, and a rewarding career at Hometown Health.

There are many reasons that Samantha, a customer service representative with Hometown Health, enjoys her career here. “The people and the environment are amazing,” she exclaims. “You are always shown respect and when you do something you are recognized for your accomplishments.”

One of Samantha’s accomplishments is going to school for her degree in Healthcare Management. “Not only does the tuition reimbursement help immensely, my leaders are always helping me obtain new skills that can further my goals,” she says with a smile.

There are also other benefits that make a difference in her life as a busy mom. Samantha shares that she has three kids, including two boys with ADHD, saying that “the health insurance is a big help as they are always getting hurt while playing around. The paid time off benefits are important too, as there are a lot of functions and parent-teacher conferences that I need to attend at their school. I don’t have to worry about losing out on that time at work.”

Hometown Health is the insurance division of Renown Health, and serves as Nevada’s largest, locally owned, not-for-profit insurance company. Employees like Samantha make a genuine difference in the health and well-being of our communities as we fight the good fight together.

“Knowing that I work for a company that will never give up on a person or a family like mine means everything to me,” she tells us. “That is the kind of place that I want to be part of.”

If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can have a positive impact on the lives of others, consider joining us at Hometown Health too. Learn more at: https://www.hometownhealth.com/careers-hometown-health/

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It’s About Helping Others

Jess is a Contact Center Specialist here at Renown Health. Each day, she works to serve the people of our community.

“I work to help patients access care and become informed of resources that may be available to them,” Jess explains. “That’s how I help to fight the good fight here at Renown.”

She does a great job and is part of our high potential program, which provides career development. “There are many opportunities for growth here,” she says. “I love that about Renown. Also, that each employee is truly appreciated as an individual.”

If you love helping others, you can have a positive impact on our community too. Learn more when you apply online at: https://careers.renown.org/job/10723083/contact-center-specialist-reno-nv/

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From Oncology Nursing to Clinical IT: A Healthcare Career Journey

When Brandi began her career as a Nurse Apprentice at Renown Health, little did she know where that path would lead.

“I started here while I was still in nursing school,” she says. “My hiring leader and fellow oncology nurses were true role models, shaping the nurse I have become today. Renown has supported me in many roles — from a bedside nurse, to a leader, and now in my role in clinical IT as a Senior Application Specialist.”

Brandi explains that one reason she transitioned to Information Technology from a nursing leadership role was an opportunity to spend more time with her family. “A flexible schedule allows me to be present with my family, making them a priority, without compromising my career.”

“Stepping away from direct patient care and beginning an entirely new role was intimidating, but it has challenged me to grow outside of my comfort zone,” she continues. “I quickly realized I could provide the same positive impact to patient lives, although much of my work is behind the scenes.”

Even though her role has changed, Brandi never forgets where she started her career as an oncology nurse. “Cancer patients are truly my heroes. They inspire me to be a better person and professional. With each project I complete, I consider the patient and evaluate the downstream effects. I fight the good fight so that the bedside clinicians have the tools to provide safe, quality care to their patients in a confident manner.”

Are you a nurse interested in clinical IT? Or an IT professional interested in healthcare? You can learn more about our work at Renown Health here: https://careers.renown.org/career-areas/information-technology/